Mongolian Entrepreneurs Learn Benefits of Business Mentoring and Entrepreneurial Best Practices

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Dec. 5, 2014 – Seattle, WA – Collective Changes, an online business mentoring program, taught Mongolian entrepreneurs the benefits of business mentoring and entrepreneurial best practices at “The Open World: Entrepreneurship” workshop. The World Affairs Council in partnership with the International Visitor’s Program in Seattle, Washington hosted the event on October 24, 2014.

Dee Beaudette, chief learning officer for Collective Changes led the workshop and showed the entrepreneurs how a business mentoring program can improve their business operations in management, marketing, finance and more. She explained how mentors help you learn by sharing their experiences, listening to your ideas or helping you craft a business plan for investors. Having a mentor can be highly beneficial in building your confidence. Mentoring from an employers’ perspective increases learning, job satisfaction and employee retention. By decreasing the employee’s learning curve, businesses enjoy faster productivity and growth with fewer mistakes.

For entrepreneurs with smaller networks, finding the right mentor can be difficult. Beaudette said, “Start by finding someone you can easily talk with. LinkedIn is another excellent resource that can connect you with tens and thousands of like-minded professionals around the globe.” Building a strategic network of experienced industry professionals helps you grow your business.

When the workshop closed, the women received access to the business resources on the Collective Changes mentoring website. “We enjoy working with the World Affairs Council International Visitor Program,” said Beaudette. “It’s an honor to help educate people throughout the world, especially women, who have limited access to credit, business education and networking opportunities.”

According to Elisabeth Ullman, program officer for the International Visitor Program of the World Affairs Council, “We strive to expose our visitors to new and engaging ways of thinking about business development by connecting them to top entrepreneurial minds in the Seattle area and were thrilled to be able to work with Collective Changes on this project. The participants’ enthusiasm and strong connection with Dee were apparent at the workshop and we look forward to hearing about continued collaboration as the visitors begin implementing their new found knowledge in Mongolia.”

Collective Changes needs donations and volunteer businessmen and businesswomen mentors to provide leadership and business skills training. To learn more, please visit

About the World Affairs Council
The World Affairs Council links Greater Seattle to the world by providing opportunities for everyone in Greater Seattle to be a global citizen. As a hub for all things international, the World Affairs Council creates programs and opportunities for local people to interact directly with leaders, educators, and professionals from around the world.

About Collective Changes
Collective Changes, headquartered in Seattle, WA, is a U.S. registered 501 c3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to growing women’s economic empowerment, leadership skills, reducing gender based violence, increasing social, political and economic stability through just-in-time business education, leadership training and mentoring. We take an active role in global gender equity through conversation, mentoring, action and intention.

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